Road trips are an amazing pastime and something that everyone should experience at one point in their lives. Family road trips are a great way to spend the summer. When the kids are off school, you can embrace the amazing and wonderful places that are around you and start exploring. It is something they will remember forever so making the most of it is vital.
The first thing you will want to do is decide where you are going and what attractions you want to see. The best thing to do for this is to get the whole family involved. If the kids are involved in the decision making they will be more excited to go and may even have some really good ideas. If you know your kids have some summer projects or homework that needs doing which you could incorporate the trip into to help them then you are being even more helpful and will get them excited about making sure to get the work done too. When making the trip be sure to be realistic on it so look at which areas you are travelling through are high traffic as you may want to stop off there. You don’t want to end up having been driving for hours to then get stuck in rush hour in a busy city. Give yourself enough time for regular breaks and give yourself some wiggle room and a chance to stop in big cities and highly populated areas to avoid delays and waiting in traffic for too long.
As you are going to be spending an awfully long time in the car there are some things you will want to do to make it just as enjoyable as the destinations. The journey is also such an amazing and memorable part. The first thing you will want to do is get it fully cleaned inside and out, going away with a brand new looking car will set you up with a positive start. Then you will want to make sure you have things to keep the kids entertained. You could make a quick and easy car checklist, they will need to see if they can spot everything while travelling and then if they complete the list they can have a treat. Another great way to keep them entertained on long car journeys is to use technology in different ways. Rather than just mindlessly scrolling through social media or playing mind-numbing games they could use it to learn some words of a new language, research about where you are going and what things there are to do and so many different educational things to help them learn while on the road.
Going on a family road trip means making a lot more memories and experiencing new things. Before you go you will want to look up how to free up space on iPhone. Then by getting rid of things that you no longer need or use and get rid of the multiple screenshots of things you liked the look of and forgot about instantly you can have enough space to capture those moments and download some of the educational apps for the journey for the kids. Videos take up a lot of space so you will want to make sure you have your phone cleared of any unwanted junk so you aren’t somewhere beautiful ready to take a picture but you can’t as you have no space.
On long journeys you are going to want to snack for sure, you can’t exactly sit and eat a whole meal until you stop off somewhere so having healthy snacks is a must-have for any road trip journey. Eating junk food the whole time will just make you feel sluggish so choose something like popcorn, boiled eggs and vegetable sticks.
When travelling especially with children you are bound to stop off more than you would want to for bathroom breaks and letting them stretch their legs. It is important to look to maximise the break times from inside the car. Being surrounded by all your luggage can sometimes feel very cramped, so getting out is what they get used to. So don’t just get out and sit down on a nearby bench, grab a coffee, something filling to eat and go for a walk. It also gives your children a chance to run around and get rid of some of that energy they have stored up from sitting still in a car for hours.